How to Move Native Instruments Software or Libraries to Another Location on the Computer

This article provides important information if you intend to move components of your Native Instruments software to another location on your computer.

While it is possible to move some components of your NI software (e.g. sample libraries, factory content, etc.) after the original installation, it is important that other components (e.g. applications, preference files) remain in place. This article provides information on these different components:

  • Applications
  • Preferences and Settings
  • Plug-ins
  • Content

1. Applications

It is not recommended to move your Native Instruments software applications after installation, as this can cause various problems including failed updates.Note: If you are experiencing issues with failed updates in Service Center, refer to this article.

On Mac, the default location for NI applications is Mac HD > Applications > Native Instruments > *Product Name* (folder):

On Windows, the default location for NI applications is C: > Program Files > Native Instruments > *Program Name* (folder):

2. Preferences and Settings

Native Instruments installers write preference and settings files in various system and user folders. Do not move or delete any of these files unless you are following specific instructions from the Knowledge Base or Native Instruments Support technicians to resolve an issue.

3. Plug-ins

OS X

Computers running OS X have dedicated system folders for VST, AU, AAX or RTAS plug-ins. Do not move your plug-in files to another location as your host sequencer will not be able to detect them.

Windows

On Windows systems you are prompted to specify a location for your plug-in files (VST) during installation. Make sure you point the installer to the correct VST plug-in folder. Native Instruments recommends using one dedicated folder for all VST plug-in files and configuring all your host sequencers to use this folder.Note: Please watch this video for more information on how to manage your VST plug-ins on Windows computers.

4. Content

If you do not define a custom library path during the installation of your NI product, the library folders will be installed in these default locations:

  • OS X: Macintosh HD > Users > Shared

  • Windows: C: > Users > Public > PublicDocuments

It is safe to move your Native Instruments sample libraries (i.e. for KONTAKT, BATTERY and MASCHINE) to another hard drive. In some cases, performance can even be improved if you have an extra hard drive devoted to library storage as shown below.
NI Libraries
The relocation process differs depending on the library. Find more information about moving specific Native Instruments libraries below:

4.1 BATTERY 4

Refer to this article for information on how to relocate the BATTERY 4 Factory library after moving its folder to another location on your system.

4.2 KONTAKT 5

Refer to this article for information on how to relocate a KONTAKT-based library (eg. DAMAGE, ABBEY ROAD 60s DRUMMER etc.) as well as the KONTAKT Factory Library after moving it to another location on your system.

4.3 MASCHINE 2

Refer to this article for information on how to relocate a MASCHINE-based library or MASCHINE Expansions after moving the folder to another location on your system. Refer to this article for information on how to share MASCHINE projects between two computers.

4.4 Powered by REAKTOR Instruments and Effects (e.g. THE MOUTH, THE FINGER, PRISM or RAZOR)

  • OS X: Refer to this article for information on how to relocate your REAKTOR content products.
  • Windows: When moving your REAKTOR content products to another location on a PC, it is necessary to first uninstall the content, then reinstall it to the new destination.

4.5 REAKTOR Factory Content

To change the REAKTOR 5 / 6 Factory Library path to a new directory, click on the Directories tab within the REAKTOR Preferences. Click on the Folder icon and browse to the new library location on your hard disc.

4.6 REAKTOR Blocks

When moving your REAKTOR Blocks to another location on a computer, it is necessary to first uninstall it, then reinstall it to the new destination.

4.7 Powered by GUITAR RIG

When moving your Powered by GUITAR RIG product (REFLEKTOR, TRAKTOR'S12, RAMMFIRE) to another location on a computer, it is necessary to first uninstall it, then reinstall it to the new destination.

Please refer to the information below before moving your Native Instruments software or libraries to another location on your computer.

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Product Group:
GENERAL
Product:
AKOUSTIK PIANO BATTERY ELEKTRIK PIANO INTAKT KOMPAKT KOMPLETE KOMPLETE ELEMENTS KOMPLETE ULTIMATE KONTAKT KONTAKT PLAYER KORE MASCHINE REAKTOR
Software Version:
BATTERY 3.x KOMPLETE 8 KOMPLETE 7 KOMPLETE 6 KOMPLETE 5 KOMPLETE 4 REAKTOR 5.x KORE 2.x KONTAKT 4.x KONTAKT 3.x MASCHINE 1.x
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File Handling Installation Library
Platform:
OS X Windows
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